Inspired by young changemakers like those at the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities? Here’s how you can turn youth at your Y into advocates and changemakers in your communities and states:

Entry Level

  • Participate in a school-based voting opportunities
  • Sign a petition
  • Promote a cause or issue on social media
  • Follow a candidate or campaign on social media
  • Display a sticker or sign supporting a cause or candidate
  • Listen to a speaker
  • Talk about issues with peers
  • Write a letter to the editor
  • Consume media critically
  • Watch a debate – candidates or about issues



  • Research issues or causes of interest
  • Vote in an election
  • Attend a demonstration
  • Donate funds to a campaign, candidate or non-profit organization
  • Contact a public official on a matter of public interest
  • Volunteer for a campaign, candidate or non-profit organization
  • Register to vote



  • Work with a government leader to sponsor legislation
  • Join a board
  • Volunteer with a political or issue campaign
  • Advocate on behalf of a cause or issue with decision-makers
  • Meet with government official to discuss issues
  • Conduct a voter registration campaign
  • Convene a group to take action on a cause or issue
  • Join a local club or a community organization


Participate in a YMCA civic youth program or encourage youth you know – Youth and Government & Model UN, Achievers, Leaders Club, etc.